Book title: What’s that Snake?
A starter’s guide to snakes of southern Africa
Author: Johan Marais
Cape Town, South Africa 2007
Softcover, 17x 25 cm, 96 pages, many colour photos
What’s that Snake? offers an easy introduction to snake identification for the beginner. Snakes of the region are grouped according to family likeness, common behaviour or appearance, and the reader is encouraged to recognize the characteristics of the group before focusing on individual species. Interesting fact boxes complement the text, and striking colour photographs illustrate the characteristics of snakes in each group.
An informative introduction covers common behaviour and habitats of southern African snakes, and gives advice on where and how to find them. Different types of venom are discussed, as are basic first aid measures for treating victims of snakebite.
It can be quite difficult to identify southern African snakes, as coloration of species can vary significantly. This book deals with the more common groups of snakes - those you are most likely to encounter. The species are placed in 28 groups: some according to family; others according to common behaviour or appearance.
The aim of this book is to help you identify group characteristics before identifying individual species. A field guide is a valuable companion to this text, and more detailed information on southern African snakes can be found in A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa and Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa.